Great Value for Money! 5 Cheap Supermarkets in Japan Worth Visiting
Isn’t it just so exciting to walk down an aisle in a supermarket that stocks a wide range of products all at incredibly low prices? This article will introduce you to some of the best supermarkets in Japan where you can get quality products at affordable prices.
Supermarket chain Seiyu has about 330 stores across Japan, mainly around Tokyo. It stocks a wide range of products, including groceries, clothing, household items, and more. SEIYU has unique services that you won’t be able to find elsewhere. For example, the “Certified by Our Customers” line refers to SEIYU’s original products that have undergone consumer product testing and achieved satisfaction rates higher than 80%. There is also the “Price Lock” program, which locks in low prices on selected products for a certain period of time. SEIYU accepts most credit cards, so you can shop even if you don’t carry cash. Some stores are open all year round, 24 hours a day, so no need to worry about when to do your shopping.
With more than 110 stores located in the country, mainly around Tokyo, OK Store’s motto is “High Quality, Low Prices Everyday”. Its unbeatable prices and quality of products have a well-established reputation among customers; it has been the top supermarket chain in customer satisfaction rankings for 9 consecutive years. Not only are the prices attractive, OK Store sells products that carefully consider food safety and bakes original bread in-store using carefully selected ingredients.
If you become a paying member of the OK Store, you can present your membership card at the cashier and receive a 3% discount from your entire purchase (only applicable to payments made by cash or smartphone, excluding alcoholic products).
With about 850 stores across Japan, Gyomu Super sells high-quality products at low prices, making it a reputable supermarket chain even among food industry professionals. The secret behind its consistent supply of high quality, affordable products is its ability to reduce costs by producing and selling its own products, and directly importing in bulk from various countries. As items are sold in bulk at low prices, Gyomu Super is an especially recommended supermarket for those who eat a lot or have a big family.
Mostly concentrated around the Kansai area, Sundi has more than 160 stores in Japan. As one of the few Japan's few "box stores" that sell bulk products in their original packaging, Sandi keeps its products competitively priced due to the use of cost cutting practices such as limiting the products it stocks, displaying products in bulk form, and cutting out excessive services. Sundi stocks an abundance of processed food and snacks, so it’s also a great place to buy small souvenirs.
One of the most well-known and cheap supermarket chains in the Osaka area, Tamade has over 40 stores in Osaka prefecture and Amagasaki in Hyogo prefecture. The neon lights and flashy decorations of the store's exterior and interior are so characteristic that international tourists even make a visit. Most of the stores are open 24 hours, all year round. Under the motto “Japan’s No.1 King of Bargains”, all its products, from fresh food to bento meals, are surprisingly cheap. If that’s not enough, if your entire purchase is more than 1,000 JPY (excl. tax), Tamade also offers a bonus product for 1 JPY.
What do you think? Supermarkets in Japan, depending on the store, stock different products and have unique services and offers. Why not check them out during your next trip to Japan?
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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